I’m going to tell you about a sensory feast for nature art lovers in northwest Arkansas …
There is an art gallery in Kingston, Arkansas called The Artroom Gallery. It’s nestled deep within the Ozark Mountains and is a hidden treasure trove of local craftsmen and artists.
If you’re going to Ponca or Boxley by way of Highway 21 from 412, you’ll pass right by it. If you came to Ponca from Jasper or Clarksville, or from any other route, it’s not far to take a scenic drive north to Kingston.
The Artroom Gallery is inside of Tina’s Place on the Square. Stop in at the big white antique/vintage store on the square in Kingston and mosey on back to the far end of the store. That’s where you’ll have your breath taken away by the works you’ll find within.
If you live anywhere near northwest Arkansas and you enjoy nature art, see this gallery. Lots of talented artists here in these hills! Not all of the works are nature art, but many are of plants, landscapes, and nature.
The gallery is curated by Kate Nessler, a world-renowned botanical artist.
I only have one print in the gallery. It’s my “American Ginseng in May” drawing. But in the corner near the entryway to the gallery, you’ll find my corner of other works.
Some Wild Ozark Forest Folk are there, my books, and a few other nature-art-type items.
Going forward, I’ll be focusing on sketching the companion plants of a ginseng habitat. I already have wild ginger sketched and will be adding blue and black cohosh, bloodroot, goldenseal, jack-in-the-pulpit, spikenard, mayapple, rattlesnake fern and maybe some others.
In addition, I’ll continue creating more varities of nature art. My favorite are the Forest Folk, and I’ve started working with the native clay from our land to make a variety of things to go on them. Instead of acorns for heads, some will now have wood-fired clay. One will have sculpted arms in the natural terra-cotta color of the fired clay.
Predator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.
Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.